Packages sent to Scottish Parliament 'not suspicious'

08 November, 2017, 09:33 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Holyrood and Kezia Dugdale

Police and fire services were on the scene as emergency procedures were activated and MSPs evacuated from the building.

The Scottish Parliament has been closed.

The MSP building in Holyrood, Edinburgh, has been cleared following the incident.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: "An incident has occurred requiring the evacuation of the MSP building at Holyrood".

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The Scottish parliament was evacuated as police dealt with an alert over four packages - but police have confirmed they were not suspicious.

Mr Mountain told the state broadcaster the package he received appeared to be an invitation to the Inverness Courier newspaper's 200th anniversary celebration.

One sent to Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston was opened by a staff member, and a white powder was found.

'No other areas of the campus are now affected and we remain open to the public at present.

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Earlier part of the Scottish parliament building had been evacuated after the discovery of white powder sent to Conservative MSPs.

The parliament said later police inquiries had concluded there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and that no crime had been committed.

The vehicle entry system had been closed to enable emergency services access, the chief executive said.

The alarm was initially raised just after 11.30am when Police Scotland received a report of a suspicious package.

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"The public are thanked for their patience and support during this matter".

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